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Oral history interview with Alanna Heiss

Interviewee:
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Creator:
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Names:
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Clocktower Gallery  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
Institute for Art and Urban Resources  Search this
Lawrence University  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
New Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center  Search this
University of Chicago -- Students  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Finkelpearl, Tom  Search this
Gill, Brendan, 1914-1997  Search this
Highstein, Jene, 1942-2013  Search this
Matta-Clark, Gordon, 1943-1978  Search this
Nonas, Richard, 1936-  Search this
Extent:
80 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2010 June 15-October 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alanna Heiss conducted 2010 June 15 and October 28, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Art International Radio, on Leonard Street, in New York, New York.
Heiss speaks of the Clocktower Gallery and the AIR offices; New York galleries and museums and the economic depression of the 1970s; art shows in Germany, France, Switzerland, and England and the role of foreign and West Coast curators in New York shows during the 1960s; founding the Institute for Art and Urban Resources with Brendan Gill; her lack of interest in collecting and the problems she feels it poses for organizations showing art; her attitudes about displaying art in the 1970s; growing up in a small town in Southern Illinois; spending summers as a child in South Dakota; her musical training; art in relation to Midwestern cultural values; her work on the exhibition "Stalin's Choice: Soviet Socialist Realism, 1932-1956" in 1993; her degree in music and the philosophy of aesthetics from Lawrence University; taking classes at the University of Chicago; moving to New York and deciding to focus on visual arts; her time in Europe and the various jobs she took while abroad including teaching, inspecting monuments for the Society for Ancient Buildings and Monuments, writing about animals, selling and transporting used cars, and serving as an artist liaison; and the exhibitions she saw during her travels.
Heiss also discusses trips she made across the United States after returning from Europe; working as a band road crew manger; her work in 1993 on the John Cage tribute show for the Venice Biennale called "Il Suono Rapido delle Cose" and the album produced in conjunction with the show called Caged/Uncaged - A Rock/Experimental Homage To John Cage; her marriage to the artist Jene Highstein and their friendships with the artists Richard Nonas and Gordon Matta-Clark; her return to New York from Europe around 1970 and her use of old or abandoned real estate as locations for contemporary art exhibitions; her first show, "Under the Brooklyn Bridge" in 1971; founding PS1; her work as a parole officer and her exposure to the culture of Harlem; the various shows held at PS1; urban art spaces in New York including the New Museum and the Coney Island Sculpture Museum; her exhibition space on Bleecker Street in New York; her disenchantment with the idea of community art; her work with Tom Finkelpearl; the way she publicized exhibitions; the underground culture of the 1970s; and the relationship between the Museum of Modern Art and PS1 and their eventual merger.
Biographical / Historical:
Alanna Heiss (1943-) is director of Art International Radio in New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952-) is an artist and educator in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound disc. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 39 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Curators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Women arts administrators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.heiss10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99e6f2c82-e682-4784-9927-1a9582dc615e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-heiss10
Online Media:

Printed Matter, Inc. records

Creator:
Printed Matter, Inc.  Search this
Names:
Davis, Douglas  Search this
DeAk, Edit  Search this
Fasnacht, Heide, 1951-  Search this
Huebler, Douglas  Search this
Lawler, Louise  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
Linn, Nancy  Search this
Lippard, Lucy R.  Search this
Nonas, Richard, 1936-  Search this
Princenthal, Nancy  Search this
Rosler, Martha  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Sischy, Ingrid  Search this
Spiegelman, Art  Search this
Stuart, Michelle, 1933-  Search this
Tacha, Athena, 1936-  Search this
Weiner, Lawrence  Search this
Extent:
24.9 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Architectural drawings
Date:
1970-1990
Summary:
The records of Printed Matter, Inc., a non-profit artists' book publisher and distributor in New York, measure 24.9 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1990. Documentation on this organization includes artist, distributor, and client files; inventory records; legal and administrative records; general correspondence; ledgers, invoices, and other financial records; files arranged by subject; and architectural drawings of the interior office space. The administrative correspondence scattered across the various series shows Printed Matter's philosophy, operations, and relationships to artists. Many early notes and minutes are in Sol LeWitt's handwriting. Among the names to be found in the files are former staff members Edith deAk, Mike Glier, Nancy Linn, Ingrid Sischy, and Nancy Princenthal; founders Sol LeWitt and Lucy Lippard; and contracted artists, such as Douglas Davis, Heidi Fasnacht, Jenny Holzer, Douglas Huebler, Louise Lawler, Richard Nonas, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Art Spiegelman, Michelle Stuart, Athena Tacha, and Lawrence Weiner.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Printed Matter, Inc., a non-profit artists' book publisher and distributor in New York, measure 24.9 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1990. Documentation on this organization includes artist, distributor, and client files; inventory records; legal and administrative records; general correspondence; ledgers, invoices, and other financial records; files arranged by subject; and architectural drawings of the interior office space. The administrative correspondence scattered across the various series shows Printed Matter's philosophy, operations, and relationships to artists. Many early notes and minutes are in Sol LeWitt's handwriting. Among the names to be found in the files are former staff members Edith deAk, Mike Glier, Nancy Linn, Ingrid Sischy, and Nancy Princenthal; founders Sol LeWitt and Lucy Lippard; and contracted artists, such as Douglas Davis, Heidi Fasnacht, Jenny Holzer, Douglas Huebler, Louise Lawler, Richard Nonas, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Art Spiegelman, Michelle Stuart, Athena Tacha, and Lawrence Weiner.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Artist Files, circa 1970-1990 (Boxes 1-3; 3.0 linear feet)

Distributor Files, 1976-1988 (Boxes 4-6; 3.0 linear feet)

Client Files, 1971-1989 (Boxes 7-8; 2.0 linear feet)

Inventory Cards, circa 1970s-1980s (Boxes 9-10; 2.0 linear feet)

Legal and Administrative Records, 1976-1989 (Boxes 11-13; 2.6 linear feet)

Correspondence, 1975-1986 (Boxes 13-14; 0.7 linear feet)

Subject Files, 1972-1990 (Boxes 14-20; 6.0 linear feet)

Financial Records, 1975-1989 (Boxes 20-25; 5.5 linear feet)

Architectural Drawings, circa 1985 (OV 26; 0.1 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Printed Matter, Inc., a non-profit artists' book publisher and distributor in New York was established in 1976 by Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, and others. The organization grew from a small business coalition of artists into the largest facility dedicated to publications made by artists in book form. By 1986, Printed Matter had published or disseminated books by more than 1800 artists. Its history also mirrors the trajectory of the downtown art scene in the 1970s and 1980s, for which it became a matrix, an outlet, and a representative.
Provenance:
Donated in 2001 by David Platzker for Printed Matter, Inc.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Function:
Publishing houses -- New York (State)
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Architectural drawings
Citation:
Printed Matter, Inc. records, 1970-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.prinmati
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91cf104ae-e549-4fda-89bf-85184f345171
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-prinmati
Online Media:

Richard Nonas, 1970-1988

Author:
Nonas, Richard 1936-  Search this
Subject:
Nonas, Richard 1936-  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
1990
[1988?]
Topic:
Minimal sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NB237.N66 A4 1988
N40.1.N812 N8 1988
N40.1.N812N8 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_401314

Richard Nonas / testi di/ texts by Anna Daneri ... [et al.]

Author:
Nonas, Richard 1936-  Search this
Daneri, Anna  Search this
Fondazione Antonio Ratti  Search this
Subject:
Nonas, Richard 1936-  Search this
Physical description:
199 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Italy
Como
Date:
2004
Topic:
Minimal sculpture  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Sculpture--Study and teaching  Search this
Call number:
NB237.N66 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_823226

Untitled (Yellow and Black), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Painted wood
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive 2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley California 94720 Accession Number: 2001.44.1
Date:
1986
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 02080306
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_411869

Untitled (Red and Black), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Painted wood
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive 2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley California 94720 Accession Number: 2001.44.2
Date:
1983
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 02080307
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_411870

Brown Penny, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Place:
New York
Roslyn Harbor
Date:
1980-1984
Topic:
Object--Other--Money  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66790022
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_318114

Eraser, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Steel
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Place:
New York
Roslyn Harbor
Date:
1983
Topic:
Object--Other--Writing Tool  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66790021
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_318113

Split-Shift, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Type:
Sculptures-Site-specific
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Long Island University Hillwood Art Museum Administrative Center, west lawn Brookville New York 11548
Date:
1986
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66450031
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307012

Hip and Spine (Stone Chair Setting), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Swedish granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue Kirby Street entrance Detroit Michigan 48202
Date:
1997
Topic:
Object--Furniture--Chair  Search this
Object--Furniture--Table  Search this
Control number:
IAS 78000030
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_362299

Block Circle, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Wood blocks
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art 258 Main Street Ridgefield Connecticut 06877
Date:
1972
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75002110
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_4031

Telemark Shortline, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Georgia oak
Type:
Sculptures
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Owner/Location:
Dartmouth College Hood Museum of Art Hanover New Hampshire 03755 Accession Number: S.976.1
Date:
1976
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 30660018
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_424956

Points North (for John and Irma Honigmann), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of North Carolina Ackland Art Museum Campus Box 3400 Chapel Hill North Carolina 27599-3400 Accession Number: 90.99
Date:
1980
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 38860001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_299047

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit Michigan 48202 Accession Number: F78.85
Date:
1973
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 24150128
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_26518

Imaginary Garden, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Cor-Ten steel
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by William Paterson College of New Jersey Ben Shahn Galleries 300 Pompton Road Wayne New Jersey 07470
Located William Paterson College of New Jersey Between Ben Shahn Galleries and the Student Center Wayne New Jersey 07470
Date:
1990
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS NJ000389
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_335532

Stone Grove, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: granite: Base: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Emory University Atlanta Georgia 30322
Located Emory University Dobbs University Center Atlanta Georgia 30322
Date:
1997. Installed 2000
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Object--Furniture--Chair  Search this
Object--Furniture--Table  Search this
Control number:
IAS 10480001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_461412

Clamp's Clamp, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
wood
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Nassau County Museum of Art One Museum Drive Roslyn Harbor New York 11576
Date:
1985
Topic:
Object--Tool--Hardware  Search this
Control number:
IAS 66790002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_318094

Bari Shortline, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Independence Avenue at 8th Street, S.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 07.70
Date:
1975
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 61570549
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_416169

Artic Slope, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Stainless steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Jacksonville Art Museum 4160 Boulevard Center Drive Jacksonville Florida 32207 Accession Number: 79.99
Date:
1974
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 09380006
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_27063

Brass Rod, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Nonas, Richard 1936-2021  Search this
Medium:
Brass
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Jacksonville Art Museum 4160 Boulevard Center Drive Jacksonville Florida 32207 Accession Number: 79.101
Date:
1974
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 09380008
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_27065

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